Ewan McGregor Spent Months Re-Finding His Obi-Wan Kenobi Voice – IGN
Ewan McGregor has spoken of his preparations for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series, explaining how he had to get into character and rediscover his voice.
Speaking to On Demand Entertainment, McGregor discussed his journey with the Obi-Wan Kenobi character and what it was like to bring him back to the screen after all these years. He admitted he was slightly out of practice when he approached the role again and that he initially struggled to find his character’s voice because it “had been so long.”
“When we came to do the actual scenes, I totally didn’t have his voice,” McGregor admitted, reflecting back on an early screen test for the series. “I was just doing this vague, English voice, it sounded like a sort of school teacher or something. But it certainly didn’t sound like Alec Guinness, and it didn’t sound like Obi-Wan. It just had been so long, I didn’t have it.”
He said he had to do his “homework” in the months leading up to production and that he “listened to a lot of Alec Guinness” to help him embody the character. His time and commitment eventually paid off, as he felt confident that he was “back” by the time the cameras started rolling and he was reciting his lines from the revised scripts on set.
The original scripts were scrapped because they were “too bleak” but it sounds like the rewrites put the series back on track. The trailers certainly haven’t pulled any punches, with the most recent preview offering up clips of Darth Vader, the Inquisitors hunting for Obi-Wan, a handheld droid, and one of the few occasions we see Obi-Wan using a blaster.
Obi-Wan Kenobi picks up ten years after Revenge of the Sith, with Ewan McGregor returning to his Star Wars role (alongside Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader) for the first time in 17 years. McGregor said the series is arriving amid a wave of positivity for the prequels, though he admits he got more out of his Disney+ return than the “first three movies put together.”
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series will premiere on Disney+ on May 27 with two episodes. Alongside McGregor and Christensen, the series stars Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, and Sung Kang. Deborah Chow is directing the series and Joby Harold is the showrunner, with John Williams and Natalie Holt composing the score.
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